Erie Co. SPCA to Investigate Niagara Co. SPCA

January 4, 2012 Updated Jan 4, 2012 at 8:02 PM EDT

By John Borsa

January 4, 2012 Updated Jan 4, 2012 at 8:02 PM EDT

NIAGARA, NY (WKBW) - The board of directors at the Niagara County SPCA approved a plan Wednesday to allow staff from the Erie County SPCA to come into its facility and conduct an independent review.

The move comes just days after several current and former workers and volunteers, along with a current board member, launched a series of allegations against the animal shelter.

The Erie County SPCA board is expected to approve the arrangement at its meeting on Thursday.

"Come in, see what's going on at the shelter," said Barbara Carr, executive director at the Erie County animal shelter, which is a separate organization and has no affiliation with the Niagara County operation.

"My board president has indicated that we'd be willing to do that," Carr added.

President of the Niagara County SPCA Board of Directors, Brandy Scrufari, said he has see no evidence of any mismanagement or animal mistreatment.

When asked about allegations regarding a large number of euthanizations at the Niagara County shelter, Scrufari said the numbers are false.

Multiple sources said almost 500 animals have been put down between October and December of last year.

Scrufari later admitted that he has not reviewed the records and could not verify if the allegations are true or false.